RDML. Konieczko, D.
Level 2 - Confidential
LOCATION: Deep Space 13, Aldebaran sector.
MISSION: Engage in a diplomatic conference with the Azed Confederacy, attain a ceasefire, border control and assorted other diplomatic goals.
OUTCOME: Conference sabotaged, mission failure. Diplomatic outcome abysmal. Deep Space 13 lost.
Rear Admiral, Lower Half Dmitri Konieczko
Captain Emery Quint
Captain Sara Desimone
Captain Tau Thiessen
Captain Samuel Bishop
Captain Minabi Derix
Captain Benjamin Rosewood
Commander Alistair Nimitz
Centurion Tylen tr'Valex
Arch Guide Aci
Commandant Ma'lo Cofreun (Viggo Representative)
Sage Fern Tsholofelo (Ikmore Representative)
NARRATIVE: As beta shift rolled around those assigned to diplomatic duties assembled in the assigned conference hall. I laid out our goals for those in the room and informed those assigned the importance of success in these talks.
Approximately 30 minutes into Beta Shift radiation alarms triggered and the Azed delegation arrived via wormhole. Arch-Guide Aci was the prominant figurehead and hew as joined by Commandant Ma'lo Cofreum the Viggo representative, as well as Sage Fern Tsholofelo the Ikmore representative. Introductions were made, and they were invited to sit. The Arch-Guide elected to remain standing, the Commandant took a seat opposite Captain Desimone and Sage Fern Tsholofelo took many seats possibly attempting to determine what she could get away with with us. As they all seemed very uncomfortable around chairs I elected not to think too much of it at the time.
Soft talks began, before we could get to the agenda prepared focusing primarily on the deals Captain Timoreev brokered during the previous talks. I believe it was at this point that the station lighting shifted to yellow alert and Captain Thiessen excused himself to station Operations. The talks continued through our prearranged conditions and my badge chirruped. I was about to excuse myself from the conversation momentarily when the conversation shifted towards the outpost in their space. The Azed representatives focused on Attache Bozgid for their answer. Unaware of if the attache was aware of the Tower Keep outpost I elected to remain at the table as to not reveal the location of Talos Junction. We informed them our intent to close down our outpost, though the location was not revealed with intent of providing that later. This seemed to set the talks in the right direction as things seemed to begin going in a relatively positive direction. We were able to get the Azed to agree to a buffer zone on their border of 50 kilometers for civilian traffic and to cease firing any probes into our space. We in turn promised the same conditions.
As things continued looking more and more positive in our talks I took the first opening I determined was appropriate to step away and see to my commbadge. As I was speaking with Captain Thiessen and he was informing me of the 11 unidentified ships on a direct course for DS13 out of the Itrin Sector the Azed delegation became increasingly panicked believing the conference was a trap. The room had gone to red alert and the representatives opened another remote wormhole and stepped through vanishing. The Itrin ships arrived in system and the battle outside began.
Deep Space 13 was caught in cross fire and I failed to give immediate orders aside from defensive ones. When we had been caught again I gave updated orders to defend the Azedi which would stand until the point of evacuation, if we had any hope of salvaging any future dialogue they would need to see that we were not aggressive towards them. The officers in the room took bracing positions around the table and bar, the attache of note elected to have a drink. As I did not have a clear picture of what was happening outside my orders could not be specific, and that is the reason they remained unchanged with the diplomatic goal of salvaging relations in mind. Operation of the starbase fell to it's Commanding Officer with the orders I had provided. Operation of fleet vessels fell to their (acting) commanding officers with the orders I had provided.
As the battle outside continued Deep Space 13 was caught with several more hits, the deck we were on was no longer safe as several conduits erupted and flames broke out. I ordered the evacuation of the conference room we had been held up in. As we moved towards a shelter we received word that the deck below us had been entirely destroyed and was just open space. I contacted Captain Thiessen for an update and he informed us of his intent to order for an evacuation. The group of officers previously in the diplomatic conference moved towards evacuation services at this point and managed to make it off of the station.
RECOMMENDATION: Destroy Tower Keep base and provide coordinates or simply provide coordinates to the Azed Confederacy. Continue to rally 38th assets at Deep Space K-7 and determine needs and solutions to those needs. Coordinate with Deep Space K-7 and it's standing fleet to relieve 38th assets from the Azed Confederacy frontlines. Relocate and transfer displaced civilians to an alternative location.
OOC: If I'm forgetting you let me know. This report documents information from the conference.